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Find a Good Home Inspector

You should always hire a good inspector before finalizing the purchase of any home. This isn't just for stand-alone homes, but goes for condo buildings as well. Besides just the individual unit in a condo building, they should look at the building as a whole. You should have the condo documents for them to review. This can provide you with valuable insite that can save you money in the long run.

Home inspections should include examining heating and central a/c systems, plumbing, electrical, insulation, structural integrity, included appliances and windows.

Using their report, negotiate with the seller to reduce the price or solve problems to make up for whatever difficulties may have been found. This can be a matter of thousands of dollars, making the cost of inspection well worth it.

Spending a little bit of time and attention at the moment of purchase of a home can help make the ensuing years of living in that home more enjoyable and profitable for you and your family..


 
Caveat Emptor - Let the Buyer Beware

Be careful of inspectors who also offer to perform repair work for you.

Be careful of inspectors who won't let you attend the inspection.

Be careful of inspectors who won't offer you references.

Be careful of inspectors recommended by realtors. Make certain that they are on your side and not trying to help the transaction go through.

Be careful of inspectors that won't let you see sample reports.

Questions that you should ask:

What is inlcuded in the inspection?

How many homes have you inspected?

What is your focus?
Choose a condo inspector if you are getting a condo, or a home inspector for a stand-alone home. The needs are very different.

How long will the inspection take?

How much will it cost?


Home Inspections

 

American Society of Home Inspectors
Nat'l Assn. of Certified Home Inspectors
  Organization of home inspectors. They certify home inspectors, though such a certification does not guarantee quality, it is definitely a step in the right direction.

Organization of home inspectors. They certify home inspectors, though such a certification does not guarantee quality, it is definitely a step in the right direction.
Home Inspection Checklist
National Assn. of Home Inspectors
  A sample checklist of items to look for in an inspection for the do-it-yourself'er.   Besides principle and interest loans, there are other alternatives to obtain the mortgage that you want while helping to maintain your cash flow.
 
 
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